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Taiwan historian: Dalai Lama's 'Greater Tibet' groundless (2)
13:42, July 08, 2010  

The concept was based on the "Tibetan King and Official Record Book" written by the Fifth Dalai Lama in 1643. Lin stressed that, "Religious documents cannot be considered to be historical documents."

Historically, the book was limited to the historical ideas in the religious sense. It contained too much supernatural legends and had many mistakes while mentioning historical events during the Tang Dynasty. Lin added, "The book is not reliable."

Lin also proved with historical documents that Tibetan governments from early 11th century to the Ganden Phodrang government during the Qing Dynasty could not handle affairs in Qinghai, Kham and other regions. This implies that the Qinghai and Kham regions, which the Dalai Lama claims were within Tibet's territory, had not been under the rule of Tibet for up to 800 to 900 years.

Lin quoted anthropologist Xie Jian as saying that if the "Greater Tibet" concept of Tibetan exile groups were materialized by founding the so-called "Greater Tibet," the combined population of more than 10 ethnic groups, such as Mongolian, Kazak, Sala, and Dongxiang, would outnumber the Tibetan population. The Tibetan ethnic group would surely be a minority ethnic group in the "Greater Tibet." This has simply exposed lies perpetuated by Tibetan exile groups and even the Dalai Lama himself.

By People's Daily Online

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